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Sustainability Manager

Vacancy Details

Salary: £39,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Chief Operating Officers Portfolio
Category: Security and Facilities Management
Closing Date: 19/02/2023
Date Posted: 16/01/2023
Reference: 04396


Full time, Permanent

Help the British Library on its journey to Net Zero.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment.  We have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. Many millions of documents are consulted on our website each year.  What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

From our iconic, Grade I Listed building in St Pancras, London to our 43 acre campus near Boston Spa, North Yorkshire, the British Library property portfolio is large, impressive and varied.  Equally impressive is the fabric of our buildings, and the engineering systems which support our collection storage, access to these collection, and a great experience for staff and visitors.

Having completed a series of building consolidations in the past decade, our new strategy to 2030 includes a major extension of St Pancras public space, the renewal of Boston Spa, and the potential for a new presence in Leeds.

We have also made significant progress over the past decade, reducing energy and CO2 emissions by 68% and waste by 50% between 2009/10 and 2018/19.  Thanks to a generous Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Grant, we have several carbon reduction projects nearing completion at each of our two sites, which in total will reduce carbon emissions by more than 900 tCO2e each year.

Now however, we have to step up our game.  We want to be net-zero by 2050 or before.  This is going to require a tremendous effort across all areas of the Library, starting with Collection Care and Estates but extending to Finance and Supply Chain Management, Exhibitions, Learning – in fact all of our audiences and suppliers.  You will be supported by colleagues across the Library who share the vision of a truly sustainable National Library.

Summary of responsibilities

The successful candidate will have substantial knowledge and experience of sustainable best practice, policy and communication in a large or complex organisation.  Your key skills will include:

  • In-depth knowledge of sustainable systems, and strategy development (supported by an appropriate professional qualification and/or membership), including Net Zero.
  • Internal and external stakeholder management.
  • First class oral and written communication.
  • IT, including generation of report.

Above all, you will have a passion for the environment, and the appropriate knowledge and enthusiasm to help us excel in our journey to Net Zero..

You will be joining an institution with unique and wonderful buildings and collections, with a vision for a sustainable future and many exciting related opportunities.

We offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits. Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 26.6%.  Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 04396

Closing date: 19 February 2023

Interview date: 09 March 2023

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route


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